2nd suspect in drive-by shooting behind bars

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The second suspect in an apparent drive-by shooting in Kalispell was booked into the county jail Friday, one day after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Joseph Trapper Bukowski, 19, is facing felony charges of criminal endangerment and assault with a weapon for his alleged role in the Dec. 21 shooting that left at least three Kalispell homes riddled with bullet holes. His bail was set at $250,000.

The other suspect in the shooting, Columbia Falls resident Ansen Walter Ingraham, 18, was arrested Dec. 23 and remains behind bars with bail set at $200,000. He is charged with two counts of felony assault with a weapon, and three counts of felony criminal endangerment.

According to an affidavit filed in court Thursday, Kalispell Police received a report of “shots fired” at 12:08 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, near a duplex on Seventh Avenue West in Kalispell. It was later reported that two other residences on Sunnyside Drive and Ashley Creek Lane were shot multiple times.

Reportedly, a large SUV passed by and its occupants shot the homes, court documents allege. Numerous bullet holes were found in the residences, as well as bullets, and more than 20 casings were found in the street. Based on the evidence, police suspect both a 9 mm and .45-caliber weapon were used in the crime.

Police said one bullet passed through a wall a few feet from a sleeping child.

During the investigation, police learned that Ingraham had allegedly threatened a person who lives in the targeted duplex on Seventh Avenue over an ongoing dispute, telling that person that he would “get what was coming to him.”

Ingraham was arrested Dec. 23 at a home on West Cottonwood Drive in Evergreen.

When police spoke to a resident of the home on Cottonwood Drive where Ingraham had been staying, the person allegedly told officers that “they did it,” referring to Ingraham and Bukowski. The resident said Bukowski and Ingraham were at the Cottonwood Drive residence when the two men allegedly said they were going to “deal with some business.”

When Ingraham and Bukowski returned, the resident said they had several handguns, including a 9 mm and a Glock .45. The man said he overheard Ingraham and Bukowski allegedly say they were out of bullets, according to court documents.

The man also said he heard Bukowski say he “drained his clip.” The man told police he believed Bukowski was the driver and had used the Glock .45.

Ingraham’s arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. in front of Flathead District Court Judge Dan Wilson. A court appearance has not yet been scheduled for Bukowski.

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